Turning 18 years old affords one rights and responsibilities in many societies – some of which you would never think. Buy spray paint? Really? Anyway, for 2018, this is the:
Rights and Responsibilities Challenge or The R&R Challenge for short! Read 10,12 or 18 books that match the criteria for the challenge.
1) Ditch your curfew and drive all night.
Read a romance that involves a road trip, or in which the first meeting or date between the protagonists involves a “one night stand,” or a romance set during a vacation.
2) Get a tattoo or a piercing.
Read a romance where one or both protagonists manipulates their body in an unusual way; for instance, is a changeling, a witch, a spirit guide, a time traveler or any other paranormal or fantastical character.
3) Donate blood.
Read a romance involving characters in the medical field in which one protagonist or both are doctors, nurses, EMTs, physical therapists, or work in some capacity for a hospital, clinic, or veterinary practice. Or read a romance in which one or both of our protagonists is suffering from an illness or is living with a disability.
4) Get into extreme sports.
Read a romance in which one or both of our leads works in any sports field, whether extreme or not. They can be athletes, trainers, managers, agents, coaches, sports medicine practitioners, etc.
5) Buy fireworks.
Read a romance involving either love at first sight or immediate dislike. Instant fireworks either way! Or, more prosaically, read a romance involving someone in the firefighting field.
6) Buy spray paint.
Read a romance involving a hero and/or heroine who works in the creative arts in some capacity – whether on the stage, the screen, the studio, the printed page, or the canvas.
7) Buy cigarettes or tobacco.
Read a romance where a character is saddled with an addiction or is overcoming or has overcome an addiction. Or, read a romance involving someone who lives on a farm, a ranch, or works in any type of agriculture … hopefully growing something healthier than tobacco!
8) Sue someone.
Read a romance involving characters in the legal field: lawyers, judges, police officers, detectives. Or read a romance in which one major character is suing another or threatening a law suit or legal action.
9) Go to adult jail.
Read a romance where either or both protagonists are being held against their will for some portion of the story, either in a physical sense, i.e., a jail, institution, or house arrest, or in a restrictive relationship, i.e., an abusive, demanding relative or employer.
10) Be on a jury.
A jury is a group of people who have to work together. In that spirit, read as many books as you want in a related series of romances involving a group of friends, associates, or family members.
11) Enlist or be drafted.
Read a romance in which one or more of the lead characters is in the military. Or read a romance set during a war at any time in history or in any fantastical world, either on the homefront or in battle.
12) Be a stripper or go to a strip club.
Read a romance in which one or both of the protagonists is considered to have an “unsavory” profession, pursuit, or lifestyle for their time … or any time. For instance, an actress in the 1800’s, a bootlegger in the 1920’s, a mistress or gigolo, a jewel thief or con artist, a muckraker or gossip columnist. It’s all relative!
13) Try your luck at the lottery.
Read a romance in which one or both protagonists works in the gambling industry or is a gambler. Or read a romance in which the hero or heroine has won a prize or has inherited something substantial – like land, a house, or a share of a business.
14) Work more hours.
Read a romance set at the work place, whether in an office or other place of business. The protagonists can be co-workers or have a less equal relationship.
15) Open a bank account. Write a check. Get a credit card.
Read a romance involving someone of extreme wealth, an heir or heiress or someone with a self-made fortune.
16) Buy a car.
Read a romance involving someone who works with vehicles of any type – pilots, racecar drivers, mechanics, chauffeurs, or someone who works with their hands, is in a blue collar profession, or works in tech (IT).
17) Find your independence.
Read a new adult romance. Or read a romance where one or both of the protagonists has just broken an engagement, gotten a divorce, or ended a live-in relationship with a significant other.
18) Adopt a child.
Read a young adult romance. Or read a romance in which one or both of the protagonists find themselves responsible for a child or children. If you’re into secret babies, here’s your chance to read that book! If you’re into pregnant heroines, feel free to take that book off your TBR pile!
19) Pawn something.
Read a romance in which one or both of the lead characters has little money or is in financial difficulties for a portion of the story. This can be an historical in which a titled person must marry for money or a chick lit novel where the heroine is eating ramen noodles every day.
20) Change your name.
Read a romance in which a lead character is in disguise, is pretending to be someone they are not, or is just not fully revealing who they are in order to maintain a relationship. Or, in the spirit of Romeo and Juliet, read a romance involving a relationship between two characters who are on opposite sides of feuding/warring families, groups, nationalities, or businesses.
Read a romance involving one or more protagonists who are politicians at any level of government or who work for a cause — like the environment, homelessness, child welfare, abolition, prohibition, or suffrage.
22) Get married.
Read a romance set at a wedding or during activities surrounding a wedding. Or read a romance where the hero and heroine get married abruptly, for any reason or for any length of time.
23) Buy porn.
Read an erotic romance.
24) Drink alcohol in most European countries and Canada.
Read a romance set in Europe or in Canada. Or read a romance in which one or both protagonists works at or owns a bar, pub, brewery, distillery, or vineyard. Or, read a romance in which alcohol fuels the lead characters’ first encounter.
25) Sign a lease. Sign a contract.
Read a romance in which at least a portion of the story is told in the style of an epistolary novel. Or read a romance in which one or both lead characters is a reporter, editor, author or works in the publishing field. Or read a romance in which the two lead protagonists enter into any type of contract with each other, including a marriage contract or some other “understanding”.
26) Get a passport — for 10 years!
Read a romance involving travel to another country or to multiple countries or worlds by one or both protagonists, whether permanently or not, whether willingly or not.